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The Internet Archive's Whole Earth collection

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The first edition of the Whole Earth Catalog appeared In 1968. Conceived by Stewart Brand as a user-curated selection of the best tools and ideas for living beyond the limits of suburban/corporate America, the Catalog was iconoclastic, visionary and widely influential. Published between 1968 and 1972, it won the National Book prize and was cherished reading in nearly every commune and dorm room in America. 



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The first edition of the Whole Earth Catalog appeared In 1968. Conceived by Stewart Brand as a user-curated selection of the best tools and ideas for living beyond the limits of suburban/corporate America, the Catalog was iconoclastic, visionary and widely influential. Published between 1968 and 1972, it won the National Book prize and was cherished reading in nearly every commune and dorm room in America. 

So later editions appeared: The Whole Earth Epilog, the Next Whole Earth Catalog, the Whole Earth Software Catalog, the Essential Whole Earth Catalog, the Millenium Whole Earth Catalog, etc. But the Catalog format proved to be restrictive. Stewart wanted to accommodate longer texts and showcase original writing, so in 1974 the Catalog’s quarterly updates became magazines – CoEvolution Quarterly, then the Whole Earth Software Review and finally Whole Earth magazine, published until 2002. 

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Catalog’s debut, this online archive was created, offering today's and tomorrow's readers a taste of what the Whole Earth publications were like.

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April 19
2018
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